You want your wedding to be one that your guests will never forget...
Before becoming a wedding photographer, I thought that there was absolutely no need to have a wedding designer or event planner or anyone other than me, myself and I to plan MY day. Because after all, it's what I want right? With thousands of resources at your fingertips (thanks Google, Pinterest and social media) why would you want to have an Event Designer? Well that's what I'm here to tell you, and I'll summarize it real quick for you too - just. freaking. hire. one.
Okay, so this is the scariest part about hiring one - you have yet another person to pay for yet another service. According to this article from CNBC, the 2019 average cost of a wedding was $33,900 (here in NC, it was $29,500). Basically you can buy a brand new car with what the average couple spends on a wedding - insane right? So why would you not want to have the best of the best if you're spending that much money?
Before you say "Well so-and-so is really good at planning things so I'll just let them help me." take a second to think about what you want your wedding to look like. Is it that dreamy wedding your favorite actress had that you know cost more than your house alone? If your answer is yes, then this is why you need an Event Designer. While their prices range across the board, the national average is $1,500, it's totally worth it for access to their resources plus their eye for design. Plus, a lot of times they can find killer deals to make your dreams come true.
Event Designers generally have a good bit of resources on their radar. That table setting with mix-matched china you've dreamed you'd always have at your wedding may come at a steep price if done DIY, but most Event Designers have their own stash of rentals that are built in to their packages, or will know where to get exactly what you want. Chances are, your Event Designer also does Event Planning as well - which is great for you since most venues now requires a Month or Day-of Coordinator to be your point of contact.
One thing that I love about working with Event Designers is seeing how they can take your Pinterest board and have it come full circle into the wedding of your dreams.
If you're like me you're pretty creative. I can generally have a decent outcome with my Pinterest Crafts and think outside of the box for ideas, but one thing I can't do is pull together colors and patterns and textures and it not look like a hot mess. My girl Megan over at Margaret's Mill, LLC has literally become my favorite designer to date. I've gotten the privilege to work alongside her on some recent styled shoots and going into the shoots I told her what colors I wanted to photograph and showed her some of my inspiration then let her run with it. When it came time for the shoots, I was so blown away. They were better than I even imagined it could be!
So much time and money goes into your wedding day and the details that you incorporate into your day. You want your photographer to capture all of your details and your guests to ooh and aah over them, but how do you know which details are going to stop the show and which ones are going to be overlooked? Well that's why you have an Event Designer! They'll know what's in and what's not, what's important and what expense can be spared. They are going to turn your day into that Pinterest-Perfect wedding day.
One of the hardest things to do at a wedding is keep your guests engaged after the ceremony is over. I've seen one too many weddings that have guests leave as soon as the dance floor opens because the only options they have are to sit around and talk or be on the dance floor. Not every wedding is going to be able to have the dance floor as their focal point for reception entertainment. An Event Designer is going to know what vendors to include and what features will help enhance your reception and keep your guests entertained longer. Maybe its giant yard games or an awesome mobile bar (looking at you The Grey Duck Co), you don't want to skimp out on your guests!